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March 2020Vol. 21, No. 2Spotlight on Ensuring Meaningful Family Time

This issue of CBX focuses on the importance of establishing meaningful family time for families with children in out-of-home care. Family time is a critical reasonable effort that promotes well-being and expedites reunification. Read a message from Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner of the Children's Bureau, and David Kelly, Special Assistant to the Associate Commissioner, about the importance of supporting the parent-child relationship and ensuring that families with children in out-of-home care are able to grow and heal together. The issue also includes a variety of publications and resources for professionals and families centered on the need for meaningful family time.

News From the Children's Bureau

Read about an Information Memorandum that centers on research, best practices, resources, and recommendations for making sure children and youth in out-of-home care have safe, meaningful, and frequent family time with their birth families; a report from the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation that describes major family-strengthening efforts in 2018; and a listing of the latest additions to the Children's Bureau website.

Child Welfare Research

We highlight an article that discusses how children, youth, and families involved with child welfare experience the removal process and an article that focuses on research related to the impact of out-of-home placement and family separation on the well-being of children.

Strategies and Tools for Practice

This section of CBX offers publications, articles, reports, toolkits, and other resources that provide either evidence-based strategies or other concrete help to child welfare and related professionals.


This section of CBX provides a quick list of interesting resources, such as websites, videos, journals, funding or scholarship opportunities, or other materials that can be used in the field or with families.

Training and Conferences

Find trainings, workshops, webinars, and other opportunities for professionals and families to learn about how to improve the lives of children and youth as well as a listing of upcoming events and conferences.